Microsoft turning over a new leaf by open sourcing Edge browser's Chakra JavaScript engine

Microsoft has promised to update the built-in Chakra from time to time, as new developments arise in its open source sibling.

It is the end of the year 2015 and for many it seems to be a good one. After new of Apple Swift going open source (very unlike Apple), we now have Microsoft that made an announcement that it will soon make its Edge browser's JavaScript core Chakra, open source.

Chakra was announced back in 2008 with some straightforward priorities to make the Edge browser start, run and deliver a great user experience, making the best use of underlying hardware. What Microsoft's Gaurav Seth and Adalberto Foresti spoke about on stage over the weekend is about ChakraCore, which is basically an open source version of Chakra; one that does not expose the COM based diagnostic APIs that are currently available in Chakra.

This is so, because Microsoft wants to keep ChakraCore and its open source development truly open and also keep Chakra (one that is tied down to Windows 10) away from the risks. Still then, Microsoft has promised to update the built-in Chakra from time to time, as new developments arise in its open source sibling.

Microsoft turning over a new leaf by open sourcing Edge browsers Chakra JavaScript engine

Image: Microsoft. Gaurav Seth on stage announcing ChakraCore.

So why does Microsoft plan to make Chakra open source in the form of ChakraCore? Well, the answer is that ChakraCore in its open source form will be available for use on different platforms like the Internet of Things (IoT), NoSQL databases, productivity software and game engines. Basically Microsoft is giving its Chakra JavaScript engine (that was until now locked in a room) more room to grow.

For now the possibilities of it being used in different applications are limitless. However, this would totally depend on developers and Microsoft announced that it would be working with them as well as the release blog post points out, "invite developers to help us in this pursuit by letting us know which other platforms they’d like to see ChakraCore supported on to help us prioritize future investments, or even by helping port it to the platform of their choice."

While Microsoft's Edge browser that comes with the Chakra JavaScript engine is not exactly on top of the browser chart (even with Windows 10) things may improve as developers begin to support ChakraCore in more ways than one.

ChakraCore will be available to developers via the GitHub public repository starting January and details regarding guidance of usage more will be out soon after.

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